Faisal Islam

Economics Editor
Faisal Islam is Channel 4 News' Economics Editor.

He joined the programme in 2004, as a Business Reporter. Since then he's exposed the Icelandic banking crisis, watched Lehman Brothers fall from Wall Street, investigated emerging economies in India and Singapore and interviewed everyone from the Prime Minister to the President of the World Bank.

Faisal won the WorkWorld Foundation's "Broadcast News Reporter of the Year" in 2010, and collected numerous awards for his coverage of the Icelandic banking crisis in 2009.

Before Channel 4 News Faisal worked for the Observer.


post 19 March 2014
Budget 2014: Carney butts in on a day of surprises

This is George Osborne's big chance. It is the first time he will hold up the budget box at a time of a robustly growing economy. It has been a four-year wait for this pleasure.

video 16 March 2014 UK

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HS2 will be 'brought in faster, earlier and cheaper' - video

A new report on the HS2 rail link to cut train times between London and Birmingham will confirm it will be fast-tracked and cheaper - although won't be rubber-stamped before the 2015 general election.

post 12 March 2014
Key Cameron EU ally: 'no idea' about UK renegotiation

David Cameron was at pains to get the Swedes onside when he announced his referendum plan last year. So, why do they still have 'no idea' what it is?

video 06 March 2014 UK, Ukraine

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How would sanctions on Russians impact the UK? - video

Since 2008, 433 Russian millionaires have come to the UK using special visas - but as the EU discuss sanctions against Russia - what impact would they have on oligarchs living in Britain?

post 03 March 2014
A warmer war - Putin winning on the economic front

It is a version of mutually assured destruction preventing a full-scale trade embargo, and President Putin has planned in this way for years - Europe imports nearly a third of its gas from Russia.

post 20 February 2014
British Gas turns up the heat

Centrica Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw told Channel 4 News such pressure is undermining investor confidence and means vitally needed new power stations may not be built.

post 13 February 2014
Forward guidance did not fail, but welcome to forward vagueness

On any measure, having to abandon your much-hyped new policy innovation after just six months, is embarrassing - the rock star central banker seems out of tune.

article 29 January 2014 UK, Scotland
The 100m pounds banknote that underpins Scottish banks.
Got change for 100m? - video

For the first time the Bank of England allows the 1m and 100m bank notes, which underpin the Scottish banking system, to be filmed. Economics Editor Faisal Islam gets his hands on them.

post 29 January 2014
Dependent independence? Carney's warning for Scotland

Mark Carney diplomatically warns Scotland that independence could come at a heavy price - like the ones paid by Ireland, Iceland, Cyprus and Spain.

post 28 January 2014
Playing 'long-term plan' bingo with George Osborne

If you believe that the government's policies contributed to further imbalances, it might appear a little cheeky to argue: "Vote for me and I will rebalance the economy I further imbalanced."

video 28 January 2014 Business

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Osborne: 'I'm the first to say the job is not done' - video

Chancellor George Osborne tells Channel 4 News that positive growth figures show the government's long-term economic plan is working, but there is still more to do.

post 23 January 2014
Why 'Davos Man' pontificates about inequality over canapes and fine wine

There are many on my Twitter stream who find it grotesque that the supposed "masters of the universe" who failed to create a safe financial world order are still on top.

post 22 January 2014
At Davos, the crisis is now off the menu

Davos Man is trying to put behind him some six years of financial fear. Doom Davos and Deleveraging Davos have been replaced by Dealmaking Davos. The dust is settling.

post 10 January 2014
Benefits Street: 10 things you may have missed

If you are part of the army of people condemning Benefits Street without watching it, here are 10 things that you missed and four million people saw.

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